Please see eligibility requirements here.
Students can apply in 7th grade and begin classes the summer after 7th grade. Interested families can fill out an inquiry form here.
Approximately 125 students are accepted into the Summer Challenge Program, the final phase of the admissions process. Ninety-five students are then invited to move forward with Scholars Academy Saturdays, the second phase of the Scholars Program.
Scholars participate in a 14-month program that begins with a residential summer program following seventh grade, continues to meet on Saturdays during eighth grade and culminates with a second three-week residential program the summer before ninth grade.
Summer programming takes place at The Hill School in Pottstown (Pennsylvania). Depending on where the student lives, Saturday programming can take place at Morristown-Beard School in Morristown, the Pingry School in Basking Ridge, or Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange.
All programs are FREE.
SEEDS works with our partner schools to obtain 90-100% in financial aid and scholarships for our families. The money comes directly from the selective schools.
Our placement team works with each family to determine the best fit for each student. After months of research, families generally apply to 5-10 selective schools. Based on acceptances and financial aid received, families make their final selection.
Yes, SEEDS provides free transportation to all our students. For the Scholars Program, we provide transportation from central bus stops near the students’ homes.
Yes. Because SEEDS is an academic organization, homework is given to students during most class sessions. Teachers make themselves available during the week by phone and email to answer student questions.
The students take classes on Saturdays during the academic year. There are academic classes in English, mathematics and Human Behavior (a proprietary SEEDS course that integrates intellectual inquiry with experimental learning). In addition to classes, students engage in test preparation and work on applications to selective schools. There are also workshops to help our students with interviews, applications, and career development.
Once graduates are placed, our Guidance team provides annual visits, support (academic and social, as well as help with college selections), and a network for professional development.